The Performing Arts Alliance of Rural Tennessee (PAART) presents an evening of old time music and dancing with Buck dancer Thomas Maupin on Friday, May 4, at the Palace Theatre, 72 South Main Street in downtown Crossville. 

Maupin will be joined on the Palace stage by his grandson, Daniel Rothwell, and the current national champion Buck dancer Jay Bland. They will be accompanied by a band of musicians playing old time music. The dancers will explain the history of buck dancing and its cultural significance while the musicians will explain old time music and its impact on today’s American music.

The 73-year-old Maupin describes himself as a “self-taught Buck dancer with a flatfoot style. I love old-time music. It’s got my rhythm. I am that band when I’m a-dancing.” Governor Bill Haslam presented Maupin with one of Tennessee’s highest honors, a Folklife Heritage Award. He is also the winner of numerous state and national prizes, his snappy flatfooting has thrilled crowds at events such as the Museum of Appalachia’s Fall Homecoming in Tennessee and the Appalachian String Band Festival in West Virginia and most recently from the stage of the Grand Ole Opry.

PAART has two performances planned. They will start the day with an educational outreach matinee at 12:30 p.m. central. Tickets for matinee are $3 for students (teachers accompanying student groups are admitted free) and adult tickets are $5.  Please call the Palace Theatre at (931) 261-8016 to reserve your group seating. Tickets for the evening performance are available by phone at the Cumberland County Playhouse box office 484-5000 or online at Prices for the evening performance are $5 for students and $10 for adults plus any ticketing service charges that may apply. As always, tickets are also available at the beautiful, historic Palace Theatre.